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Brisbane Waters - 02/10

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Headed out early for an paddle before the wind kicked in and to beat the Freeway traffic in the afternoon...

The idea was to hunt for that monster flathead 8) , and experiment/practise my downrigging :)

Paddled around the same strech of water at least 20 times.
It was about a 400m run. Upstream trolling my fav SX-40 (red and black) and a deep diving Chubby (gold and red). Downstream I'd hook the SX40 on the downrigger and drop it about 12 ft. The channel was about 15-18 ft deep.
The Chubby deep diver was also trolled along. Every second downstream pass, I'd swap over the lures.

The results :

Every downrigger pass = fish
no downrigger = no fish

yep. that simple. Fish were not big by any means, but scored flattys and bream on every pass on the downrigger.

I later tried trolling the deep diving Chubby (10 ft) around 10 ft sand banks, and scored 2 flatties as well.
Its all about the lure in the right place.
More so than colour, size and action of the lure. :roll:

I am now convinced the downrigger is as important as my fishfinder. :wink:

Note: I also flicked some sps around the same area, scoring a couple of smaller flatties. I'm sure if my sp technique was better , the results may have been different..

till next time



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Top research effort Steve. Makes sense getting the lures down to the fish.

How big were the fish? Any comp entries?

What are you doing next Saturday? I wouldn't mind trying the channel with a deep sp technique. Maybe even trolling with a paravane to get the lure down.
no comp entries I'm affraid....

biggest bream was 32cm and flattie 47cm..

I may be moving house this weekend....
if not, its all fishing.... :D

I think sps bounced along sand banks may be very effective...
Just had a thought Steve. Were you fishing the falling tide? So going upstream meant going against the current while downstream was with the current. If so, would bias your results towards the downstream leg as the lizards lie waiting for the food to come to them.

No matter, you've got me keen to give it a go
Hey Mango,Great work - I can't wait till my riggers arrive in the next 6 weeks. I reckon you are dead on the money mate and I can't wait to test them on a few pelagics and particularly the bass!

Here are my questions: How much much fu%&*ing about is there to get it all happening and to do a drop?

What weight would you recommmend on the yak?

How much extra time do you spend setting up?
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Dave: your right about the tides. I noticed this as its much easier to drop the downrigging line when its behind you, nice and tight, than having the line drift back into your yak.
I had to drop the downrigger and chuck a U-turn :D

Low was around 8:00 and as you've seen, there's quite a bit of current rushing out of that channel..

Fished from 6:00 - 8:00 (runnout). Had a breaky break 8:00-9:00 8) 9:00-11:00 (start of run in).

I did think about the tides Dave, so swapped my runs several times.
I would say the bulk of the fish came about 9 - 10.30...

Spooled1: its actually a lot easier than I thought.
Flick your line back, as far as you can cast it. Grab the end of your line from the rod tip. Place your rod in the holder with very light drag. Check your sounder to see how deep to drop it. Ease the center screw and let the weight do its job. One turn of the spool = one foot.
I found a 3 lb bomb after looking around quite a bit.
For the mini-troll 2.5 - 3 lb is plenty.
Place the rod in the rear holder. Check your drag settings and start paddling. (or peddling as the case may be) :)

Setting up takes 2 secs...
it pops in like a rod holder...

not too hard at all..

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